ADVENTURE: Checking out the best Italian addition to Hayes Valley, A Mano // CRAVE: That pesto pasta!
Jovial service, simply delectable Italian food, and playful décor lend A Mano all the fun vibes and foodie cred you could want—any day of the week.
Meaning “by hand” in Italian, A Mano is the latest project from restauranteur Adriano Paganini of Back of the House Restaurant Group (Beretta, Belga, Super Duper). The menu makes decisions tough with a killer selection of pastas made in house daily, as well as crusty pizzas, antipasto and, Italian wines and cocktails. Even better, it’s affordable, with pasta entrees starting at $13. Viva Italia!
A Mano has huge sweeping floor-to-ceiling windows letting in a cascade of light from Hayes Street. Patio seating is currently in the works to add a bunch of tabletops to the storefront.
The interior is designed by Hannah Collins, the same designer who has done recent restaurants such as Media Noche, Barzotto, and Flores. Expect bright red and green colors along with bold black and white prints.
Grab a seat at one of the smooth modern wooden tables or the fun red bar stools in the communal area.
The cocktail menu includes refreshing options like this fruity Wallbanger drink made with mango, mint, Galliano, and vodka.
Enjoy fresh appetizers like roasted asparagus with fonduta cheese and thick slices of prosciutto that add the perfect touch of salt.
One of the most popular antipasti dishes is the chicken polpettine meatballs with spicy tomato sauce.
The Aviazione cocktail is colorful and creative, made with maraschino, lemon, violet, soda, and gin.
A Mano offers delicious pizzas in addition to their housemade pastas. Enjoy a margherita pizza with a perfectly crisped crust and topped with large slices of fior di latte mozzarella cheese.
Enjoy your meal family-style and gather around for a delicious Italian meal with close friends and family.
Vegetarians will appreciate the pesto tagliatelle pasta with English peas, fava, and pine nuts.
A Mano offers a few red sauce pastas like this rigatoni pasta with savory pork sugo.
One of the best pastas is the agnolotti dal plin, perfect little pockets of pasta dough filled with roast chicken, pork, chard, and parmesan.
The Sirena cocktail is a gorgeous creation with a huge slice of grapefruit, Aperol, vodka, and a drizzling of Calabrian Chile oil.
Save room for dessert and enjoy their Nutella sundae with Nutella and vanilla ice cream, cookie crumbles, whipped cream, and chocolate sauce.
Or finish off your dinner with your own personal scoop of pistachio gelato.
This article was written by me and originally appeared on 7×7 here.